February 11, 2013 |
Bill Gates held court on Reddit on Monday, becoming just the latest notable figure to submit to the site's open question-and-answer sessions. Gates ostensibly started an "Ask Me Anything" conversation on Reddit to talk about his annual letter, which outlines his thoughts about the state of the world. But, in the true spirit of the feature, was also happy to chat about Microsoft products, his portrayal in the film "Pirates of Silicon Valley" and his relationship with the late Steve Jobs.
February 7, 2013 |
Start talking about restaurant tipping, and you can wind up in a passionate debate. Some people hate being pressured or guilt-tripped to tip at all, especially when the service is mediocre to awful. Others, including many who have worked in the service industry, loathe people who don't tip or don't tip enough. It's part of the pay for restaurant workers they argue. So, it didn't surprise me when a recent tipping story spread quickly over the Internet. The backstory : The Consumerist reported that St. Louis resident Alois Bell, a...
January 20, 2013 |
This piece is part of a roundtable centered around innovation prescriptions for the new Congress and President Barack Obama's second term. Read more about the roundtable here. Much has been made of President Barack Obama's social media savvy, but he did a poor job communicating with millennials, the generation in their twenties and thirties, during his first term. Despite the fact he was elected twice with overwhelming support from young voters, Obama has been unable to mobilize this generation to support his...
January 14, 2013 |
To some, he was a genius and a pioneering software developer. To others, he was an activist and political organizer. To Reddit, the wildly popular social news site, he was all these things and one more besides: an innovator who, at age 19, helped give millions of people a place to exchange jokes, stories, cat photos, memes -- all the things that make the Internet worth surfing. Swartz, who hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment on Jan. 11 , is widely...
November 20, 2012 |
When it comes to Reddit users, it's much better to work with them than against them. And at least one U.S. representative has decided to get proactive. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) has released a new post on her congressional website asking Reddit for help in crafting a new bill about the government's ability to seize domain names suspected of mass copyright infringement. "During SOPA I saw firsthand the Reddit community's strong dedication to free expression. Because...
October 22, 2012 |
No, Mitt Romney didn't show up to do an Ask Me Anything. Another Obamaesque, high-profile Q & A would be a great explanation for site problems at Reddit. But there's a far less exciting reason for why it's been tough for some users to get to the site. Reddit, Airbnb and Imgur on Monday were been affected by a hiccup at Amazon Web Service's servers in northern Virginia. Erik Martin, Reddit's general manager, confirmed that the downtime appears to be the result of a "Amazon issue.